For its 70th season, Chorus pro Musica has commissioned a work by James Kallembach celebrating the life of John James Audubon. Audubon: A Multimedia Oratorio will premiere on November 9, 2018 at historic Jordan Hall in Boston, in a performance combining chorus, chamber orchestra, and baritone soloist Sumner Thompson, with visual projections of Audubon’s art and the natural world he loved.
John James Audubon was a larger-than-life frontiersman, artist, naturalist, woodsman, showman, and nature writer. His Birds of America is still widely considered the best of its kind, and his drawings are priceless works of art. Kallembach’s music evokes the romantic visions of frontier America, inspired by and embodied in Audubon’s depictions of birds. Videographer Kathy Wittman has been working closely with Kallembach to produce stunning visuals synced to the music and themes of the piece, to be projected live at the performance.
Audubon is presented in partnership with Mass Audubon, an independent (and first) Audubon Society that has been protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife since 1896.
It is also sponsored in part by WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, providing listeners with thorough coverage of local, national and international news from NPR, Public Radio International and the BBC, in addition to its own locally produced content.